Mark Smith's Analyst Perspectives

Big Data Research Agenda and Trends are Bolder in 2015

Posted by Mark Smith on Feb 7, 2015 9:46:10 PM

Big data has become a big deal as the technology industry has invested tens of billions of dollars to create the next generation of databases and data processing. After the accompanying flood of new categories and marketing terminology from vendors, most in the IT community are now beginning to understand the potential of big data. Ventana Research thoroughly covered the evolving state of the big data and information optimization sector in 2014 and will continue this research in 2015 and beyond. As it progresses the importance of making big data systems interoperate with existing enterprise and information architecture along with digital transformation strategiesbecomes critical. Done properly companies can take advantage of big data innovations to optimize their established business processes and execute new business strategies. But just deploying big data and applying analytics to understand it is just the beginning. Innovative organizations must go beyond the usual exploratory and root-cause analyses through applied analytic discovery and other techniques. This of course requires them to develop competencies in information management for big data.

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Topics: Big Data, Business Analytics, Business Performance Management (BPM), Cloud Computing, Cloudera, Customer Performance Management (CPM), Datawatch, Dell Boomi, Financial Performance Management (FPM), Hortonworks, Human Capital, IBM, Informatica, Information Management, Information Management (IM), Information Optimization, MapR, Mulesoft, Operational Intelligence, Operational Performance Management (OPM), Oracle, Paxata, Predictive Analytics, Sales Performance Management (SPM), SAP, Savi, SnapLogic, Splunk, Sumo Logic, Supply Chain Performance Management (SCPM), Tamr, Trifacta, Strata+Hadoop, Business Intelligence

SnapLogic is Making Big Data Integration as a Service a Hadoop Reality

Posted by Mark Smith on Mar 1, 2013 10:11:12 AM

SnapLogic, a provider of data integration in the cloud, this week announced Big Data-as-a-Service to address businesses’ needs to integrate and process data across Hadoop big data environments. As our research agenda for 2013 outlines, dealing with data in the cloud is very important to organizations. At the same time, businesses need to be able to integrate their big data with all their technology assets, as I pointed out recently.

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Topics: Business Analytics, Cloud Computing, Cloudera, Customer Performance Management (CPM), Data Integration, Information Applications (IA), Information Management, Information Management (IM), Operational Performance Management (OPM), R, Sales Performance Management (SPM), SnapLogic, Big Data, Salesforce.com

Plumbing the Salesforce Clouds is Your Business

Posted by Mark Smith on Sep 25, 2012 11:26:54 AM

Salesforce is a global software-as-a-service (SaaS) company to be reckoned with. The swarming crowds at its Dreamforce event last week were estimated to exceed 90,000. The company is rapidly growing an ecosystem that includes Sales, Service and Marketing Clouds; Force.com for building applications; and Data.com for storing data in the cloud centrally for use across Salesforce products. It is also focusing on social computing, as I outlined at the beginning of the event. Hundreds of Salesforce partners complement and in some cases compete with the company with a large range of applications and tools available on the Salesforce AppExchange.

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Topics: Big Data, Business Analytics, Business Performance Management (BPM), CIO, Cloud Computing, Customer Performance Management (CPM), Data, Data Governance, Data Integration, data integrity, database.com, Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC), Informatica, Information Builders, Information Management, IT Performance Management (ITPM), Master Data Management, Operational Performance Management (OPM), Sales Performance Management (SPM), Salesforce.com, SnapLogic, Social Media, Zyme Solutions, Business Intelligence, Kapow

Salesforce Struggles to Deliver on the Dream of Analytics

Posted by Mark Smith on Sep 21, 2012 12:35:51 PM

I was at the Salesforce.com Dreamforce conference this week to hear about the latest advancements from the cloud computing software giant. Salesforce has helped revolutionize cloud computing for business, and its social media and collaborative technologies help advance business processes in sales, customer service and improve the interactions between employees, partners and customers. Salesforce has made great advancements in cloud, social and mobile technology, as I have assessed and my colleague did too.

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Topics: Analytics, Big Data, Business Analytics, Business Collaboration, Business Intelligence, Business Performance Management (BPM), Cloud Computing, Cloud9 Analytics, Customer Performance Management (CPM), Domo, Financial Performance Management (FPM), Gooddata, InetSoft, Information Applications (IA), Information Builder iway, Information Management (IM), Operational Intelligence, Operational Performance Management (OPM), Predictive Analytics, QlikView, Roambi, Sales Performance Management (SPM), SnapLogic, Social Media, Salesforce.com, KXEN

Look Who’s Hot in Data Integration for 2012

Posted by Mark Smith on Sep 7, 2012 11:54:05 AM

Ventana Research has just released the 2012 Value Index for Data Integration, in which we evaluate the competency and maturity of vendors and products. Our firm has been researching this software category for almost a decade. Our latest benchmark research in information management found that data integration is a critical component of information management strategies, according to 55 percent of organizations. Our benchmark research on organizations using this software not only uncovers best practices and trends, but it also highlights why IT is using data integration to advance its competencies across people and processes.

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Topics: Big Data, Business Analytics, Business Collaboration, Business Mobility, Business Performance Management (BPM), Cloud Computing, Customer Performance Management (CPM), Data Governance, Data Integration, Financial Performance Management (FPM), Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC), IBM, Informatica, Information Applications (IA), Information Builders, Information Management, Information Management (IM), IT Performance Management (ITPM), Location Intelligence, Master Data Management, Microsoft, Operational Performance Management (OPM), Oracle, Pentaho, Sales Performance Management (SPM), SAP, SAS, SnapLogic, Social Media, Supply Chain Performance Management (SCPM), Syncsort, Talend, Workforce Performance Management (WPM)